Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:04 UTC
Google Okay once again I'm breaking my own one-week time-off from OSNews due to, you know, taking a break and being too busy with other things, but this one is big - very big. Also, only the second time in OSNews history we've used the 'breaking'-tag. Google has just announced it is going to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion (more here). While providing Google with a dedicated mobile phone business, it also gives Google ownership of one of the most valuable mobile technology patent portfolios in existence. Update: Responses from the Android ecosystem are positive. HTC: "We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem." Sony Ericsson & LG: "We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners."
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RE[2]: Desperate but wrong move
by MollyC on Tue 16th Aug 2011 20:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Desperate but wrong move"
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Is that why Motorola itself couldn't use the same argument against litigation filed by Apple and Microsoft? That argument didn't work for Motorola, why would it work for Google-owned Motorola?

And try to understand this: 13.5 billion dollars is two full years of Google profits. There's no way they spend that much money just to protect Android phone makers. If they wanted to protect Android phone makers, they could've just licensed the patents that Android is accused of infringing, for much less than 13 billion. No, Google bought Motorola and wants to make up for that 13 billion. Which means that they will do all they can to advance their own phones at the expense of their so-called "partners". They see the money that Apple makes and they want to follow that model.

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